However, the Financial Accounting Standards Board defines consolidated financial statement reporting as reporting of an entity structured with a parent company and subsidiaries.
Private companies have very few requirements for financial statement reporting but public companies must report financials in line with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
In some cases less than 50% ownership may be allowed if the parent company shows that the subsidiary’s management is heavily aligned with the decision making processes of the parent company.
If a company has ownership in subsidiaries but does not choose to include a subsidiary in complex consolidated financial statement reporting then it will usually account for the subsidiary ownership using the cost method or the equity method.
Changing from consolidated to unconsolidated may also raise concerns with investors or complications with auditors so filing consolidated subsidiary financial statements is usually a long-term financial accounting decision.
There are however some situations where a corporate structure change may call for a changing of consolidated financials such as a spinoff or acquisition.
reflects a large amount of royalties and fees with very few expenses -- because they are recorded on the subsidiary income statements.
Companies can often use the word consolidated loosely in financial statement reporting to refer to the aggregated reporting of their entire business collectively.Generally, a parent company and its subsidiaries will use the same financial accounting framework for preparing both separate and consolidated financial statements.Companies who choose to create consolidated financial statements with subsidiaries require a significant investment in financial accounting infrastructure due to the accounting integrations needed to prepare final consolidated financial reports.Depending on the accounting guidelines used, standards may differ for the amount of ownership that is required to include a company in consolidated subsidiary financial statements.
Consolidated financial statements report the aggregate reporting results of separate legal entities.
As mentioned, private companies have very few requirements for financial statement reporting but public companies must report financials in line with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).